It's becoming a familiar pattern: talk to Martin Bashir about your relationship with Michael Jackson, wind up in court. All week, ABC has been touting a new interview with former child star and erstwhile Jacko pal Corey Feldman airing on Friday's 20/20, an interview conducted by Bashir, the journalist whose 2003 documentary Living With Michael Jackson included his questioning of the boy who would soon become Jackson's accuser in the singer's current trial. Now, Feldman's manager tells the Associated Press, the 33-year-old actor has been subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify in the trial, where he's likely to be asked about his revelation to Bashir that Jackson showed him nude photos when Feldman was a young teenager.
Feldman, who befriended Jackson two decades ago when he was starring in movies like The Goonies and Stand By Me, has long said in interviews that Jackson never touched him inappropriately, and that he never saw Jackson mistreat any other child. In the Bashir interview, he stands by that assertion, but he also says that, during a visit to Jackson's home when he was 13 or 14, the singer showed him a book he kept on the coffee table that contained pictures of naked men and women. ''And the book was focused on venereal diseases and the genitalia,'' Feldman told Bashir, according to excerpts of the interview released by ABC News.
He said Jackson sat with him and explained the photos to him. ''I was kind of grossed out by it. I didn't think of it as a big deal. And for all these years, I probably never thought twice about it.'' But in light of the current charges against Jackson (to which the singer has pleaded not guilty), Feldman said he reevaluated his history with the pop star and realized that it raised ''questions of doubt.'' Of the current allegations, Feldman said, ''I hope and I pray that these things never happened, and if they never happened, then there's some real sickness with a lot of people. But if they did happen, then there's a lot of sickness with one person. And that person needs to be punished.''